Let’s talk about woodcarving

Let’s talk about woodcarving 2017-06-26T23:59:57-04:00
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    Going to dip my toes!

    Hello,

    Thought I would say hello as I am new to carving.

    Long story but started out 34 years ago as an apprenticed cabinet maker. Moved on to bench joinery and eventually carpentry working on construction sites. I had a young family and had to go where the money was. Eventually found my way into construction management which has been my day job for 17 years.

    The kids are now grown up and have space so started making furniture by hand with my old tools as a hobby. Really enjoy it but would like to add some relief carvings to some pieces to make them a little more interesting and have also made a couple of gunstocks   In the recent past. Some of the carvings on these I did with my dremel and really enjoyed the finished results although not as intricate as anything on here.

    As I particularly enjoy hand tools I started sniffing around on the net to find some carving lessons which has led me here.

    Looking at the beginners section at the moment and have ordered a few chisels to get started.
    I really like Mary’s teaching style so will be wasting many hours woodworking time watching her videos instead.

    Thank-you for providing such a wonderful resource.

    Mark, Lincolnshire UK

     

    Hi Mark and welcome to the group,

    You aren't wasting "woodworking time" since wood carving is one of many aspects of woodworking. Think of it as expanding your skills in a different area of woodworking, similar to time spent on practicing dovetailing or tuning a tool.

    I have been lucky enough to have visited the UK a few times and have always found the woodcarving, and traditional wood working in general to be very inspirational. I always make an effort to visit the V&A and many other locations where examples of the fine craftsmanship are on display. Many of the older tools in my shop proudly bear the Sheffield (not in Lincolnshire but close) marking, or the name of some English manufacturer, exported to us in the distant past and treasured by craftsmen for many decades.

    Have fun.

    Welcome, Mark!

    I'm happy to hear you are adding carving to your woodworking "repertoire". It is not only relaxing and fun, but it can add a whole new dimension to your furniture.

    Have fun, and if we would love to see how things are progressing on this forum!

    Quote from Michael Evans on November 10, 2019, 7:39 pm

    Hi Mark and welcome to the group,

    You aren't wasting "woodworking time" since wood carving is one of many aspects of woodworking. Think of it as expanding your skills in a different area of woodworking, similar to time spent on practicing dovetailing or tuning a tool.

    I have been lucky enough to have visited the UK a few times and have always found the woodcarving, and traditional wood working in general to be very inspirational. I always make an effort to visit the V&A and many other locations where examples of the fine craftsmanship are on display. Many of the older tools in my shop proudly bear the Sheffield (not in Lincolnshire but close) marking, or the name of some English manufacturer, exported to us in the distant past and treasured by craftsmen for many decades.

    Have fun.

    Yes Sheffield just over an hour from me. Ironic really as I own several modern American brand tools along with some old Sheffield made ones too. Unfortunate that the old British brands are not what they used to be and can now turn to an American manufacturer that replicates these but can improve quality somewhat.

    Looking forward to learning a complete new aspect of woodworking that have not had need for before and thank you for such a warm welcome.

    Mark Carter

     

    Quote from MaryMay on November 10, 2019, 9:25 pm

    Welcome, Mark!

    I'm happy to hear you are adding carving to your woodworking "repertoire". It is not only relaxing and fun, but it can add a whole new dimension to your furniture.

    Have fun, and if we would love to see how things are progressing on this forum!

    Not sure if I will be posting results yet!

    Love your very unassuming teaching style Mary very much like a fellow countryman of mine Paul Sellars who I also admire and love watching.

    thank you for the welcome

    Mark